Focus on Other Geographic Areas to Get Your Search Going


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Many areas of the United States have been devastated by the economy, and there are fewer jobs available in those areas. You don’t have an option but to relocate. Harrison believes that relocating for better job options to areas where your skills are in demand is extremely important. However, one needs to keep certain points in mind while applying for such jobs.

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Focus on Other Geographic Areas to Get Your Search Going

  1. 1. Focus on Other Geographic Areas to Get Your Search Going
  2. 2. “ The median job search among those winning positions in the third quarter lasted nearly 4.4 months,” up from 3.6 months in the second quarter. According to a 2008 survey by Challenger, Gray & Christmas quoted in the New York Times : It’s also notable that 13.4 percent of the job seekers ended up relocating to take new positions. That’s up from a first-quarter figure of 8.9 percent, but still lower than the share who relocated in 2006 and most of 2007.
  3. 3. Moving Is Stressful… And expensive, and some people may simply be unwilling to take that step.
  4. 4. However… If you are under economic pressure, getting a job and relocating may be a crucial priority for you right now.
  5. 5. Relocating for a job is perfectly normal and something you should not hesitate to do. The entire history of the United States is essentially built around people who relocated here because they felt there were better opportunities elsewhere. If you are living in an area of the country where your skills are not in demand, you should consider relocating. Don’t Hesitate. Relocate!
  6. 6. Live Where Your Skills Are In Demand It is extremely important that you live in an area where your skills are in demand. Life is a game and so is your career. If you were a fisherman, would you rather spend your career working in a small lake with few fish or a large ocean with many fish? The more opportunities there are in your market, the better off you will be. The more competition there is for your skills in your market, the better off you will be. You need to put yourself where the action is. This is about your survival. Place yourself where the opportunities are.
  7. 7. Relocating Isn’t Easy The major issue with relocating, however, is that it is not always easy. Employers typically prefer local candidates as opposed to candidates relocating from other geographic areas. Employers generally prefer people with a connection to the area.
  8. 8. I was doing a federal judicial clerkship job in Michigan. My clerkship was ending in three months and I needed to find a job. Although I already had a job with a New York City law firm, I wanted to get a job in California. Several Years Ago…
  9. 9. To law firms in California by doing a targeted resume mailing to legal employers. I meant to send my resumes only to major cities, like Los Angeles and San Diego, but also ended up targeting several small towns by mistake. I Sent A Bunch of Resumes Out…
  10. 10. And they all had similar questions: I Received Several Calls From Law Firms in Small Towns… <ul><li>Why was I applying to a law firm in a small town? </li></ul><ul><li>Who did I know in the small town? </li></ul><ul><li>Was I also applying to law firms in larger cities? </li></ul>One of the potential employers from a small town firm called me and asked those questions because he was worried that, if I did not have a connection to the small town, I would simply leave if I did not like the job.
  11. 11. Employers Want You To Have A Connection To The Area They will be concerned that you will not have an incentive to stay. They get nervous if you are looking at employers in larger cities as well because they feel you are less interested in them. Employers can have an inferiority complex of sorts.
  12. 12. I want to note briefly that the questions about why I was relocating did not come up as much in larger cities. Employers in cities like New York are generally of the opinion that anyone would want to relocate there because New York is New York. People in smaller markets are a little less confident. Employers In Big Cities Are More Confident
  13. 13. I would recommend that you stress the fact that you have a real interest in the company and believe that it is a perfect place for you based on your interests, as well as your future goals. As A General Rule
  14. 14. When you are applying for jobs with the intention of relocating, it is important that you stress some sort of connection to the area you want to relocate to. Generally, employers like to hear that you have close family in a given geographic area. If you do not have close family in the area, you may have a significant other from there, have gone to college or grown up there, have friends there-the point being that you want to assure them of some sort of personal connection to the area. Absent family or friends, you should focus on the company and your interest in them. As A General Rule
  15. 15. Don’t Seem Like You Can’t Find A Job The employer receiving your resume is going to wonder why you are applying there and not in your own geographic area. You never want to send the message that you are unemployable or cannot find a job where you currently live. Employers want to hire people who are “winners” and are employable in all markets. Therefore, you should never approach an employer by telling him or her that you cannot get a job where you live.
  16. 16. Instead… Prospective employers should believe you are relocating because of reasons related to your personal, long-term growth objectives-not because you have been “defeated” in trying to get a job in your existing market.
  17. 17. In a Down Market… Many people end up stuck with large mortgages and unsold homes. They feel that they are saddled with this and cannot relocate. If you are in a market that is getting worse and worse by the day, you may have to relocate before you sell your home. This is not something that you should be talking about with your potential employer, however. An employer does not want to feel guilty that you may be leaving an unsold home behind. Sharing this sort of information can also hurt you because the employer will suspect that you may have to return to your hometown to deal with the situation. Keep such personal matters to yourself in your job search.